GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys defense was a no-show
at Lambeau Field on Sunday, prompting a grim forecast from coach
Bill Parcells that the team won't win another game if it doesn't
The Green Bay Packers scored on their first seven possessions en
route to a 41-20 thrashing of Dallas.
"We didn't play at all on defense," Parcells said.
"Offensively, we executed decently. Defensively, we were just
terrible, and special teams wasn't much better either."
The Cowboys are now 2-4 in Parcells' second season.
"This is certainly the low point for me in my tenure here in
Dallas, without question," Parcells said. "I am embarrassed to
put a team on the field that looks like that. If we don't play
better on defense than we did today, we don't have a chance to win
another game. We don't have a chance right now. We really don't."
Cowboys safety Roy Williams apologized to the offense, the
coaches and the fans for Dallas' dismal defense.
"Sometimes we don't fight," he said. "That's discouraging.
It's sad. There are no excuses for the way we played today."
"I'm embarrassed. We just really stunk," Parcells said.
Meanwhile, Mike Sherman has found his calling, and the Green Bay
Packers have rediscovered their rhythm.
The Packers (3-4) snapped a three-game losing streak, and Brett
Favre beat the Cowboys for just the second time in 10 tries despite
jamming his right wrist early in the game.
Sherman called the game with offensive coordinator Tom Rossley,
still weak from heart surgery, offering advice from the coaches
Just about everything he called caught the Cowboys off-guard.
Favre threw two touchdown passes, Ahman Green ran for his first
two TDs since the season opener, Ryan Longwell kicked two field
goals and the halfback option pass produced points for the second
"It's not easy, it's a grind," said Sherman, who directed the
Packers to 31 points and 343 yards last week at Detroit when they
snapped a four-game losing streak. "It helps that Tom Rossley did
a great job in a supporting cast. The halfback pass was his call."
It was another masterpiece as Green Bay gained 480 yards and
punter Bryan Barker wasn't needed until 9½ minutes were left.
"I can't say Mike calling the plays has been the reason for our
success, but it's been a fun two weeks," right tackle Mark
Tauscher said. "I think we've gotten in a good rhythm with Mike
calling the plays."
Green, who has not been speaking to the media, ended a monthlong
funk by rushing for 163 yards, including a 90-yard score in the
third quarter that was the longest Dallas had ever surrendered. He
became the second player in NFL history with two career touchdown
runs of at least 90 yards, joining Bo Jackson, who did it in 1987.
Green, who had a 98-yarder last December, also set a franchise
record with his 27th 100-yard game, breaking Jim Taylor's record.
In between Longwell's first-half field goals of 26 and 40 yards,
Green scored on a 1-yard run and Javon Walker (eight catches for
129 yards) caught a 5-yard TD pass as the Packers took a 20-6
Tight end Jason Witten (eight catches for 112 yards) blew past
cornerback Al Harris and caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Vinny
Testaverde that made it 27-13 and gave the Cowboys hope for their
first win at Lambeau Field in five tries.
But the Packers quickly responded with Favre's 33-yard TD toss
to Donald Driver to make it 34-13. Favre completed 23 of 29 passes
for 258 yards.
"The offense made our job a lot easier," said nose tackle
Grady Jackson, whose return from a knee injury plugged a gaping
hole in Green Bay's defensive line. "We had a great time today.
And hopefully, this will give us confidence to get on a 19- or
20-game roll like the Patriots."
That's getting way ahead of themselves, but the Packers did
avoid their first 0-4 start at home since 1986.
"I never thought I'd feel so good winning at home," Hannibal
Notes: Packers S Darren Sharper sprained his left knee and
will get an MRI on Monday. Packers RG Marco Rivera sprained an
ankle. ... The Packers, who turned the ball over 14 times in their
first five games, didn't have a turnover for the second straight
week. ... Quincy Morgan, acquired from Cleveland last week, had
four catches for 76 yards but pulled a hamstring, and Dallas WR
Terry Glenn aggravated a sprained right foot.
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